If its seems like every other post on this blog mentions Dugg Dugg, perhaps thats because in the space of 15 months, this gutsy little group has managed to insinuate itself into nearly every crevice of the Charlotte art community.
And now, Charlotte is in the midst of Southern Holiday, a multi-day, multi-venue effort that began May 14th and continues through the 23rd. Dugg Duggs first Southern Holiday in 2009 totally reflected its DIY roots, but this year, institutional heavyweights such as McColl Center for Visual Art and The Light Factory are pleased to have their events under the SH marque.
If this is the first youve heard of Southern Holiday, that means youve already missed seven events, including Alex Smiths PaperGirl Project, Annabel Manning and Celine Latulipes Interactive Surveillance and Culture Initiatives Extraordinary & The Something Sideshow. But you still have time for Tuesday nights Point8 Forum with God City; Long Live the Living, Friday nights major collaboration between Dugg Dugg and Charlotte Arts Catalyst; Constructing a Thread of Community from the new Women Centered Art Co-Op; and eight other events.
After Southern Holiday, Dugg Duggs future is shrouded in a bit of mystery. Next month, founders Andrea Brown and Iris Williamson decamp for New York. Michael Aaron Southard is joining them for the trip up, but will travel back and forth while he rolls out another project here. While they are planning some local events for the next year, theyre also in the process of passing the torch to others who are committed to making sure Dugg Dugg remains a lively and transformative part of Charlottes cultural scene.
Full schedule and more info: southernholidayisrad.com.